China's brazen landing of nuclear-capable bombers on an island in the disputed South China Sea is a bold power play to bolster its territorial claims while rivals are divided and the U.S. distracted by North Korea, analysts say. China attracted diplomatic protests after long-range H-6K bombers carried out landing and takeoff drills at an unidentified island airstrip on Friday. But Beijing has long brushed aside such condemnation, denying that it was militarizing the region even though it has installed an array of airstrips, radar systems and naval facilities on a string of islands it has reclaimed in contested areas since 2013. The planes are believed to have landed on Woody Island, China's largest base in the Paracel Islands which is also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan, according to Bonnie Glaser, a China expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. An H-6K long-range strategic bomber deployed to Woody Island could reach almost the entire South China Sea … [Read more...] about Beijing’s South China Sea bombers fly in the face of protests
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The Hanoitimes - Representatives of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) called for peaceful settlement in the East Sea without using violence in the final document adopted by the 17th NAM Summit which yesterday wrapped up in Venezuela. The document also asked the parties involved to exercise self-restraint, support principles of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and work to ensure aviation and navigation freedom in line with international law. The document welcomed the establishment of the ASEAN Community and appreciated ASEAN’s efforts to uphold its central role in the region structure and boost its relations with the United Nations. It upheld the NAM’s stance on global issues, which underlines the role of international law, including basic principles of respecting countries’ sovereignty, not intervening in other countries’ internal affairs, peacefully addressing … [Read more...] about NAM representatives emphasized the significance of peaceful East Sea issue – Defend the sovereignty – News
Artists from different ethnicities in northern Vietnam gathered for a cozy performance in Hanoi on Friday, warming up for the establishment of an orchestra dedicated to ethnic music of Southeast Asian cultures. Artists from different ethnicities in northern Vietnam gathered for a cozy performance in Hanoi on Friday, warming up for the establishment of an orchestra dedicated to ethnic music of Southeast Asian cultures. The stage of the concert was barely enough for the 25-piece orchestra and its conductor, and the auditorium was so small that audiences were seated only a few steps away from the performers, outnumbering them by about three times. Dressed in traditional costumes of their respective ethnicity, the artists utilized woodwind instruments and drums endemic to the northwestern mountains of Vietnam to perform 11 pieces of ethnic music. Apart from orchestral symphonies, the audience was also treated to hybrid gigs where the voice of Vietnamese singer Mai Khoi harmonized with … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s ethnic artists dream of founding Southeast Asian orchestra
VietNamNet Bridge – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will celebrate its 50th founding anniversary next year. So, it's time for the organization to consider the near future. A particularly important question is how to help ASEAN become more effective in addressing the emerging security challenges. The biggest worry now is that currently ASEAN cannot form a common stance on the issue of the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea) dispute, mainly because of the principles of consensus of this association.The consensus principle Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang at the 38th Singapore Lecture forum, held by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, with the theme "Strengthening partnership for sustainable development of the region". Due to the great diversity of the ASEAN member countries, the association has considered the consensus principle as a fundamental principle of its activities. Officially put on … [Read more...] about How can the deadlock of ASEAN on the East Sea be overcome?
VietNamNet Bridge – After blatantly anchoring the HD-981 oil rig in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, China will continue to take larger steps, experts have predicted. China’s deployment of the rig is a step in the realization of its ambitions to control the East Sea. What will happen after the HD-981 oil rig? Prof. Dr. Tran Nam Tien, deputy director of the East Sea Research Center of the Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, and Mr. Le Hong Hiep, PhD research student at the University of New South Wales, Australia, speak with the HCM City Law Newspaper about China’s future plans. Q: What shows that the HD-981 oil rig is a carefully arranged step by China? Mr. Le Hong Diep: Firstly, China has implemented administrative measures such as strengthening its marine management agencies, establishing the so-called Sansha City, and issuing a fishing ban on the East Sea. Secondly, China has been building its naval and … [Read more...] about What are China’s plans after the deployment of its HD-981 oil rig?
According to Associate Professor, Doctor Vo Quang Trong, the museum’s director, the idea for the establishment of the kite-shaped museum was shaped over ten years ago. The museum was opened to public in 2015 after six years of construction, which was a joint effort of Vietnamese and French experts. It is the first museum specialised in showcasing the Southeast Asian culture, which was built with a vision to connect Vietnamese culture and the cultures of other countries in the region. The second storey showcases three special collections presented by three acclaimed scientists and cultural researchers: Japanese Professor Kaneko Kazushige’s collection of Asian ethnological objects; the collection of Indonesian glass paintings by Indonesian Doctor O’ong Maryono and his wife - Doctor Rosalia Sciortino, an Italian medical anthropologist; and a collection entitled ‘Around the World’ by French-Vietnamese Professor Le Thanh Khoi. The scientists and researchers … [Read more...] about Museum brings together cultures of Southeast Asian nations
HA NOI (VNS) — The Southeast Asian Museum was officially opened to the public yesterday, with a permanent exhibition displaying the cultures of Southeast Asian nations. Located inside the Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology (VME), the first phase of the 7,000sq.m, kite-shaped building has opened after six years of construction. Attending the ceremony on Saturday, included Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, ASEAN General Secretary Le Luong Minh, high-ranking officials from various authorities, heads of diplomatic delegations to Viet Nam, and representatives from museums in the region. The idea of establishing the Southeast Asian Museum took shape at the end of the previous century, before VME had been opened. In 1997, the Vietnamese Government agreed to a proposal to extend VME to exhibit Southeast Asian ethnicity, one year after Viet Nam joined the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). "At that time, Viet Nam was the newest, but least developed, member of ASEAN," said … [Read more...] about Southeast Asian museum opens doors
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung Vietnam actively participates at 22nd ASEAN Summit, A wide range of activities were organised to mark the 38th anniversary of the liberation of the south and national reunification (April 30) and May Day, Party Central Committee convenes seventh meeting. 1. Vietnam actively participates at 22nd ASEAN Summit The Vietnamese delegation to the 22nd ASEAN Summit, led by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, made positive contributions to the meeting in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei from April 24-25.Vietnam declared that ASEAN needs to maintain its common voice and central role in upholding peace, stability, maritime security and safety in the East Sea. Vietnam also emphasised the association’s effective implementation of its common goals and principles regarding the East Sea, especially its strong support for the Declaration on Six-point Principles in the East Sea, settling disputes via peaceful means without the use of force, observing international … [Read more...] about The Week of April 26 – May 3
The diplomatic sector in 2009 joined hands with the nation maintaining peace and stability, maximising national aggregated strength, and utilising all opportunities advancing the country towards development and international integration, said a senior government official. In his review of the diplomatic sector’s performance in 2009, Deputy Prime Minister cum Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem emphasized that the sector contributed to heightening the country’s role, reinforcing its position, and promoting its strength in the international arena. He stressed that in the context of the speed and complicated developments erupted in the world due to the global economic crisis of 2009, the entire Party and the people concentrated their efforts on weathering the negative impacts to press ahead and grow sustainably. Under the current global situation, the Vietnamese diplomatic sector continues adhering to the foreign policy of independence, peace, cooperation and development, … [Read more...] about Diplomatic sector does well for national growth
Media agencies made important contributions to the success of Vietnam 's ASEAN Chairmanship 2010, said a Foreign Ministry's official. Deputy Foreign Minister Dao Viet Trung gave out the assessment at a meeting to review information and cultural activities during 2010, the year that Vietnam is the Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). He praised local media in particular the Vietnam News Agency, Vietnam Television, radio The Voice of Vietnam, the Nhan Dan and Quan Doi Nhan Dan newspapers for their diverse and wide-ranging coverage of all ASEAN-related events and Vietnam 's participation in the association. In addition to dissemination, the country also held many cultural and arts activities, exhibitions, exchanges and contests on the sidelines of those events, effectively promoting the image of Vietnam , especially the country as ASEAN Chair, to international friends. Trung added that regional and international media carried out tens of thousands of … [Read more...] about Media contribute to success of Vietnam’s ASEAN Chairmanship